Doctoral Programs

The Psychology Department at Iowa State University offers Ph.D. programs in cognitive psychologycounseling psychology, and social psychology.  We do not offer terminal master’s degree programs.  Students may be admitted with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.  Students admitted without a master’s degree complete the requirements for a thesis-based master’s degree at Iowa State University as part of their doctoral program of study.  We follow an apprenticeship model in which students work under direct supervision of a major professor with input from a faculty committee.  We are a diverse department with both basic and applied strengths.  A major premise of this department is that the psychologist is a scientist who is able to advance the discipline through research and/or a practitioner who has research skills sufficient to design and implement treatment or program evaluations. Thus, a strong research orientation is evident in all areas of study in the department.

Many students in our department pursue additional quantitative training, and those with interdisciplinary interests can co-major in programs such as human-computer interaction and neuroscience.  Graduate students admitted to our Ph.D. program typically receive funding (tuition plus stipend) for five years as long as they remain in good standing.

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Doctoral Programs

Areas of Research Concentration:

  • Psychology and Law
    (Interested applicants should apply to either the Cognitive or Social doctoral program)